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Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prizes

CORUS-HOT DOCS FORUM PITCH PRIZE

A $10,000 cash prize to be used by the winning team for the production and completion budget for their project. The winner is selected by a jury of international buyers.

Eligibility
Projects must be:

  • Pitched at the Forum in the regular pitch or rough cut program
  • Produced by a Canadian-control corporation, based in Canada

To claim the prize, the project must go into physical production within 12 months of receiving the prize.

Past Winners

  • 2018: Betrayal (D: Lena MacDonald; P: Noah Bingham; Ferocious Films Inc., Canada)
  • 2017: Blue Box (Norma Productions Ltd., Intuitive Pictures, Breakthrough Films)
  • 2016: Showgirls of Pakistan (Nomad Films Inc.)
  • 2015: Living With Giants (MC2 Communication Media)
  • 2014: Tempest Storm (Shot Glass Productions)
  • 2013: Some Kind of Love (Screen Siren Pictures Inc.)
  • 2012: Shadow Girl (Storyline Entertainment/Maremoto Productions)
  • 2011: Doc Pomus (Clear Lake Historical Productions)
  • 2010: The Fruit Hunters (EyeSteelFilm)
  • 2009: The Team (White Pine Pictures)

THE CUBAN HAT AWARD

Providing “real cash, no strings attached” support for powerful and unique films, the winner of the Cuban Hat Award receives money raised during the Hot Docs Forum. The winner is determined by observer ballot.

The Award was conceived by Diego Briceño (Cuibafilms/Pimiento, Montreal) and Giulia Frati (Zelectra Productions, Montreal) at the 2009 Hot Docs Forum.

Past Winners

  • 2018: Softie (D: Sam Soko; P: Sam Soko, Toni Kamau, Ingrid Lill Høgtun; Lightbox Limited, Kenya; We Are Not the Machine Ltd., Kenya; DUOfilm AS, Norway; EyeSteelFilm, Canada)
  • 2017: 306 Hollywood (El Tigre Productions LLC, Laokoon Filmgroup, Preferred Content)
  • 2016: Happy Winter (Indyca, Zenit Arti Audiovisive)
  • 2015: Searching for Mercury (Fine Point Films)
  • 2014: The Blue ID (MOXIE, ARTvoltage)
  • 2013: Fractured Land (Two Islands Films Ltd.)
  • 2012: Svalka: Yula’s Journey (Hanna Polak Films/Goats Hill)
  • 2011: (Tie) The Jungle Prescription (Nomad Productions), A Whole Lott More (Flying V Films)
  • 2010: The House That Herman Built (Storyline Entertainment)
  • 2009: Town of Runners (Met Film Productions)

first look Pitch Prizes
Hot Docs first look is a curated access program for philanthropic supporters of and investors in documentary film that grants behind-the-scenes access to the world of documentary. Prizes are underwritten and awarded by participating first look partners.

At the 2018 Hot Docs Festival first look partners was awarded $125,000 to the top three pitches.

2018 first look

  • 1st prize of $75,000: Case 993 (D: Shareef Nasir; P: Dana Nachman, Leah Mahan, Josh Braun, Dan Braun, Danny Glover; KTF Films, USA)
  • 2nd prize of $30,000: Born in China (D: Nanfu Wang, Lynn Zhang; P: Julie Goldman, Christoph Jörg, Chris Clements; Next Generation Production, LLC, USA; Motto Pictures Inc., USA; Pumpernickel Films, France)
  • 3rd prize of $20,000: Softie (D: Sam Soko; P: Sam Soko, Toni Kamau, Ingrid Lill Høgtun; Lightbox Limited, Kenya; We Are Not the Machine Ltd., Kenya; DUOfilm AS, Norway; EyeSteelFilm, Canada)

2017 first look

  • 1st prize of $75,000: 93QUEEN (Malka Films LLC)
  • 2nd prize of $25,000: The Feeling of Being Watched (Multitude Films, LLC, Watched Film LLC, Naked Edge Films Inc.)

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Presenting Platinum Partner

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Signature Partner

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Presenting Partners

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